The Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) has recognised and granted approval to Nigeria Teqball Federation, NIGTEQ to operate in the country.
The approval was granted Thursday during a virtual Annual General Meeting, AGM, of the NOC.
In a nine-point communique issued at the end of the meeting, the NOC also granted approval to two other federations, Bobsled and Skeleton Federation of Nigeria and Nigeria Curling Federation.
The sports federations includes; Nigeria Teqball Federation, Bobsled and Skeleton Federation of Nigeria and Nigeria Curling Federation.
Also the AGM unanimously approved the NOC president Activities Report and finance and audit reports for the year 2019 while acknowledging the collaborative support and leadership role of President Muhammadu Buhari towards the Olympic movement.
“The NOC congratulate the President Muhammadu Buhari, who is our Grand Patron as he celebrate his birthday and as well commended him for his unflinching support to NOC and sports generally in Nigeria” the statement reads in parts.
“The NOC expressed its sincere appreciation to the Patrons of NOC for their kind support and total commitment to the upliftment of the Olympic movement in Nigeria”
“The NOC is happy that the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has been collaborating effectively with the Nigeria Olympic Committee, to ensure that all loose ends are tied together, in preparing our delegation for the Tokyo Olympic Games”.
“Although, we have qualified athletes in some key sports, we strive to pick up qualification places in Athletics Relays, Badminton, Weightlifting and more in Wrestling as soon as qualification window is reopened,” the communique stated.
However, seven sports icons were adopted as board of trustees which are Alhaja Ayo Hulayat Omidiran, Jackson Bidei, Ambassador Haruna Garba, Mu’azu Suleyman, Hon. Lumumba Adeh, Obi Asika and Dr. Lanre Glover.
“The NOC commiserate with the families of our members and relatives who passed away to the great beyond in the year under review. May God grant their souls eternal rest”.
The AGM was chaired by the President, Nigeria Olympic Committee, Engineer Habu Ahmed Gumel. Present also were the sports minister, Mr Sunday Dare, the sports ministry’s Permanent Secretary, the Executive Committee, International federation; ANOCA President representative, Mr Jonathan Dyagas, all members of the Executive Board, Patrons, Sponsors, members of the various NOC commissions and Observers.
WHAT IS TEQBALL?
Teqball is a ball sport that is played on a curved table, combining elements of football and table tennis. Back and forth, the players hit a football with any part of the body except arms and hands. Teqball can be played between two players as a singles game, or between four players as a doubles game.
Teqball was invented in 2012 in Hungary by three football enthusiasts: former professional player Gábor Borsányi; Hungarian businessman György Gattyán; and computer scientist Viktor Huszár.
Some of the rules of the games say you can only touch the ball three times before returning it to the opponent’s side of the table; no touching the opponent or equipment; you can’t touch the ball twice with the same body part as well as within the same play, you can’t return the ball with the same body part more than twice in succession.
In little over two years, Teqball has grown from a sport invented in a back garden and played sporadically throughout Central Europe, to being officially recognised by the Olympic Council of Asia and has its very own World Cup tournament attracting players from 42 different countries.
WHAT IS BOBSLED AND SKELETON?
Skeleton is a winter sliding sport in which a person rides a small sled, known as a skeleton bobsled, down a frozen track while lying face down and head-first. The sport and the sled may have been named from the bony appearance of the sled.
The sport of skeleton sledding developed on the famed Cresta Run, built in 1884 at St. Moritz, Switzerland. The Cresta Run, which follows a 1,213-metre (1,327-yard) course from St. Moritz to the town of Celerina, has hosted the annual Grand National championships since 1885.
Skeleton is a winter sport featured in the Winter Olympics where the competitor rides head-first and prone (lying face down) on a flat sled. It is normally run on an ice track that allows the sled to gain speed by gravity.
It was first contested at the 1928 Winter Olympics and it takes elite skeleton athletes less than a minute to race down the mile-long, 20-curve track in Lake Placid, reaching speeds up to 90 miles an hour.